Orit Halpern

Orit Halpern is a professor and chair of Digital Cultures and Societal Change at Technische Universität Dresden. She completed her PhD at Harvard University and her work bridges the histories of science, computing and cybernetics with design. She is the director of the Speculative Life Research Cluster. Her book Beautiful Date: A History of Vision and Reason (2015) investigates histories of big data, design and governmentality.

As of May 2022


Unearthing the Present

Clashing Presents: Memory and Oblivion in Times of Extinction

With Orit Halpern, Stephen Himson, Sophia Roosth, Mark Williams and Matthew C. Wilson

Presentations & Discussions

May 21, 2022

Unearthing the Present

What if the Dam was removed?

With Anthony D. Barnosky, Lesley Green, Orit Halpern, Elizabeth A. Hadly, Brian Holmes, Michelle Murphy, Allison Stegner, Karolina Sobecka, Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Stephanie Wakefield, Mi You

May 21, 2022

The Shape of a Practice

Between Spaces, between Lines

With Stéphane Grumbach & Olivier Hamant, Orit Halpern, Johannes Bruder, Karolina Sobecka, Sandi Hilal, Ela Spalding


Oct 29, 2020

Alle Veranstaltungen

The Shape of a Practice

The Current

Mississippi. An Anthropocene River


Oct 26, 2020–Feb 28, 2021

1948 Unbound


visual perfomative experiment

Dec 2, 2017

projekt bauhaus. Preliminary Course: From Bauhaus to Silicon Valley

With Morehshin Allahyari, Shaina Anand, Armen Avanessian, Brave New Alps, Reinier de Graaf, Orit Halpern, Denisa Kera, Claudia Mareis, Jussi Parikka, Paloma Strelitz (Assemble), Fred Turner and many more.

Presentations and talks

Dec 2, 2017

1948 Unbound


Discursive installation

Nov 30, 2017

Nervous Systems

The ‚Smart‘ Mandate: A Speculative History

With Orit Halpern


Apr 17, 2016

100 Years of Now. The Opening

Speaking from the Laboratory

With Jimena Canales, Orit Halpern, Mark B. N. Hansen, S Løchlann Jain, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, and Henning Schmidgen

Dialogues in Three Parallel Threads

Sep 30, 2015